In 2008 I attended Catalyst East Conference along with 12,000 other next generation leaders in their 20's and 30's. It was an amazing event. Recently I went back through my workbook and decided to share some of my note and thoughts with you.
These are notes directly from my workbook. So the key thought might not be perfectly word for word from what the speaker said, but it will be pretty close. In each section I'll share the speaker's "key thought" in bold, then I'll explain the thought in greater detail with my own commentary.
Here's some thoughts from Andy Stanley's talk entitled, Louder Than Words (he also has an excellent book with the same title).
Leaders can't make people do anything. We need to exercise moral authority by matching our creed with our deed.
This is true for leaders of for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. There are very few people in our work who consistently walk their talk which is sown by their creed (what they say) matches their deed (what they do). If you're a leader who's creed matches your deed, there are few leaders like you.
In a way, no one really has to work for you (the leader). They might not want to come to work, but ultimately they could live a life of poverty and not work for you. It's their choice to come to work, and that means they are essentially a volunteer. Yes, they receive a paycheck, but they are a volunteer because they decide to come back to your place of work time after time.
When people see a difference between what you say and what you do, you lose influence
Very true. Have you ever worked for a leader who talked at a staff meeting about how everyone needs to "do" a certain thing. Like arrive to work on time, not make personal copies on the company copy machine, or only take two breaks a day instead of three or four. Yet the leader was consistently coming to work late (or even leaving early), making photo copies for personal use, and taking long breaks to go to Starbucks? I know I have, and it's not pretty.
When a leader has a difference between what he says and what he does, he loses influence with the people he leads.
People don't accept his words as fact, but more as fiction.